Best way to provide a demo?

Hi,

     I'm struggling and I'm hoping you guys can help out?  I work for a very large (mostly virtual) firm and we are trying to get word out about the services our eLearning team provides.  We've developed a few short modules that we'd like to email out to staff.  Of course, we don't want them to have to download the course files, unzip, and open the .html file. Too confusing....

My question:  What is the EASIEST way to show these courses?  My dream would be that they would open their email, see a course right there, click the go button and have at it.  Is this even possible? If so, how?

Please Obi Wan... you're my only hope.  

15 Replies
Laura M

When I'm trying to share courses with co-workers that do not have the software, and I haven't gotten to the point of putting it in our LMS, I host on Google Drive and share the link with those people. This link takes you to the instructions on Mike Taylor's blog. You can also use Articulate Tempshare, but that is temporary (as the name implies ), so your course would need to be uploaded again when the link expires, every ten days. 

Courtney Peeler

We use Articulate Tempshare to have our clients preview eLearning modules. You simply upload your zipped file to the site and it gives you a temporary URL to send out that will expire in 10 days.

Keep in mind, this is not a site that is supported by Articulate, but it is a great resource!

http://tempshare.articulate.com/ 

Alexandros Anoyatis

Nancy Woinoski said:

Hi Kimberly, the easiest way is to use the Articulate plugin for Wordpress.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/insert-or-embed-articulate-content-into-wordpress/


...as long as your web hosting company is not very stingy with upload quotas - i.e. your zipped output should not exceed the max upload size allowed by your webhost.

Otherwise, the safest-guaranteed-to-work way is to manually move your output folder content over via ftp, then embed your content in an IFRAME using code similar to:

<iframe width="740" height="600" src="/path/to/storyline/output/folder/story.html"></iframe>

Hope this helps,
Alex

Nancy Woinoski

Alexandros Anoyatis said:

Nancy Woinoski said:

Hi Kimberly, the easiest way is to use the Articulate plugin for Wordpress.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/insert-or-embed-articulate-content-into-wordpress/


...as long as your web hosting company is not very stingy with upload quotas - i.e. your zipped output should not exceed the max upload size allowed by your webhost.

Otherwise, the safest-guaranteed-to-work way is to manually move your output folder content over via ftp, then embed your content in an IFRAME using code similar to:



Hope this helps,
Alex

Yup - I forgot about that quota. I had it on my old site and it used to drive me nuts.
Luke Benfield

Hi @Kristen,

I have had a lot of success by just using DropBox.

First, I set my output folder to publish to the generic, Public folder in DB. Then, I open the output folder and copy the public link to the story.html file for most instances, or  the story_html5.html file for phones/tablets.

Those links are what I share with demo audiences, and I have not had any access, or quality issues in the 2 years I've used that model. One caveat - this process is completed through a free personal account, and I am not versed in how public folders or sharing would work in a DB for Business environment. Also, I am not aware of how secure or unsecure it might be. I have not had any issues, but the safest route is definitely FTP as mentioned above. Since I don't have access to an FTP, DropBox is my solution.

Hope it helps. Good luck.

Simon Blair

I've been using Google Drive.

There's a bit of extra work to get a shareable link (which I've had to look up each time I've published a course). The steps are listed on Mike's blog (there's a link in Laura's comment).

I tried Dropbox, but I couldn't get it to work. It seems the "Public" folder is not available on new free accounts. If you have an older Dropbox account (or a paid one) then it sounds like Dropbox would be easier.